Virtually all public aquatic facilities across the country have been closed by State Executive Order due to COVID-19. However, a number of states and local jurisdictions have - or are in the process of - issuing directives easing stay at home restrictions.
While we await these orders, pool owners, pool operators and pool management companies should:
Reopening any business or establishment in these times is not without some risk to staff and members/guests. Permission to open also does not necessarily mean that a given facility must or even should reopen. Each facility must decide whether opening under the specific constraints of a given order with continued guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is technically, logistically, and financially feasible.
CDC posted guidance on operating and managing public pools, hot tubs, and water playgrounds during the pandemic for consideration if the authority having jurisdiction has determined public aquatic venues can open. This guidance is based on the data currently available on the SARS-CoV-2 virus and is expected to change over time as more is learned.
Swimming and other water-related activities are excellent ways to get the physical activity needed for a healthy life. If you are not sick or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, it is safe to use swimming pools as long as steps are taken to reduce the spread of COVID-19: